December Nurses Nook
Tis the Season for flu!
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and the worsening of other chronic health conditions. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. The best way to protect your family from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated each year.
The top five most virus-contaminated areas in the home are:
- Appliances such as the refrigerator and microwave
- Light switch and door handles
- TV remotes
Reduce your chances of getting sick by: eating right, exercise, and get plenty of rest to help boost your immunity to fight the effects of colds and flu. Wash hands frequently, do the elbow cough, and disinfect hot spots.
Enjoy a healthy, and joyful holiday season! Be well!
Nurse Sheri BSN, RN.